How To Learn Learning

  • Caused because brain perceives it as pain.
  • Need to turn it to pleasure.

Pomodoro technique
  • Work intensely for 25 minutes with no distractions.
  • Reward yourself after.

  • Math is hard as the ideas are abstract and not present in physical world.
  • Practice helps with making neural connections stronger.
  • So practice everyday and for brief time. Give your brain to strengthen those connections.

  • Long term memory - hard disc
    • Can store large number of information
    • to add things to your long term memory used spaced repetition
    • Practice/repeat things over a number of days.
  • Working memory - RAM, prefrontal cortex
    • 7 items, or now we think it only holds 4 items
    • Repetition is required to keep the items in memory

Role of Sleep
  • Metabolic toxins produce when you are awake, cleaned up when you sleep.
  • Sleep strengthens important neural pathways by traversing them during sleep.
  • Removes less important pathways.
  • Going over your study just before a nap helps in retaining the material

Interview of Terry Sejnowski
  • Learning by doing and learning by osmosis.
  • Keep interested in a lecture by asking a question.
  • You learn by active engagement.
  • Finds it easier to come up with new ideas while exercising.
  • New discovery - hippocampus does produce new neurones in adulthood.
    • Surrounding yourself with other people in enriched environment helps creating them.
    • Exercise also helps in creating new neurones.
  • Techniques for learning
    • Talking to other people
    • Explaining to other people

“Most important quality is being passionate and persistent and not letting go - Terry Sejnowski”

Interview with Benny, the language hacker
  • Learn language because you like the culture and want to embrace it.
  • You don’t need to speak fully formed sentences to begin with.
  • Be ready to make lots of mistakes, that is how you learn.
  • Whether you think you can, or you can not, you are right - Henry Ford
  • Don’t make excuses.
  • Persistence
  • Tools for language learning
    • memrise
    • ankisrs
  • His book and website -

Interview with Dr Rober Bilder
  • Openness to new experience drives creativity.
  • Agreeableness has negative correlation to creativity.
  • Zooming in and zooming out of a problem helps gain different perspective.

    “Leadership is ability to disguise panic.”

Interview with Daphne Gary-Grant, writing coach
  • Don’t write with your focused brain.
  • Use mind mapping to actively engage diffused mode.
    • Important to have a paper in landscape when doing mind mapping.
  • Memorisation can sometimes be very useful.
  • Don’t edit while writing.
    • Don’t mix diffused mode activity with focused mode.
  • - app for writing. Pomodoro for writing.
  • Don’t worry if what you are writing in not great. Get it out on the paper. Fix it during editing.
    • (My thought) Same can be used a lot while coding. Getting something working, then refactor.